Friday, September 26, 2008

Californication


Is anyone else watching this?

In the span of one week, this has quickly become one of my favorite shows of the year.

And the funny thing is, that I fought off watching this show all through last season when it first started airing on Showtime. I felt it was just a retread of one of my favorite TV shows of all time.

Back in the late 80’s/early 90’s, before HBO hit it big with shows like the Sopranos and Sex in the City, HBO took a chance on a little show called Dream On. Dream On revolved around the life of Martin Tupper, a failed author living in New York City, trying to put his life back together after his wife leaves him for another man. The fact that he was trying to find himself by sleeping with every gorgeous woman in NYC was just a bonus.

Dream On was raunchy, smartly written, and funny as Hell (and they showed a lot of boobies). It ran for five seasons on HBO before, at the height of their ratings, they decided to pack it in. For some reason, HBO doesn’t show the reruns, but I have every episode lovingly taped off of my old VCR (oddly, only seasons 1 and 2 have ever come out on DVD).

So when I heard of Showtime’s new show Californication last year, starring David Duchovny, I was curious as to what the show was about.

Wanna take a guess?

Duchovny plays a failed author living in CALIFORNIA, trying to put his life back together after his wife leaves him for another man, by sleeping with every gorgeous woman in L.A.

It’s not the first time Showtime has done something like this. They seem to have made a career out of watching HBO shows, and making their own versions of them. HBO’s Sopranos became Showtime’s Brotherhood. Sex In The City became “The L Word” and “Queer as Folk”, Six Feet Under became Dead Like Me, Curb Your Enthusiasm became that dreadful Chris Isaak comedy…

You get the idea… I could go on.

But I’m not here to talk about how unoriginal Showtime’s programming can be.

I’m here to tell you that they got something right.

A friend, who has been demanding me to at least TRY Californication, last week supplied me with the entire first season on DVD. I didn’t have anything else to watch this weekend, so on a whim, I gave it a try.

In a word, it was OUTSTANDING!

I watched the first episode, and was impressed. I then let Friz watch it, and she loved it even more than I did. We kept on watching episode after episode like addicts, until we finished the entire season last night.

I can’t say enough good things about this show. I was a huge X-Files fan, but Duchovny has NEVER been cooler than he is on this show. And he is laugh-out-loud HYSTERICAL! Duchovny won an Emmy for his role in Californication last year, but EVERYONE in this cast deserved one.

Now, my dilemma: Season 2 starts this weekend (along with the equally awesome Dexter), but I DON’T currently get Showtime at home.

What to do? What to do?

I am notoriously weak-willed with these kinds of things. Odds are that I’ll be making a call to Cablevision sometime tonight.

20 comments:

Chris H said...

YOU. ARE. A. SAD. GIT.... I hate that show! It is just gratuitious smut... BUT then, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I hope you get cable so you can continue watching your smutty show! LOL ....and have a neat weekend dude.

Slyde said...

chris h: i thought you didnt get any US shows till about 200 years later over there in aussie-land?

and yeah, its smutty! itsnt that what i said? :)

i am the diva said...

i got hooked on this show during my first week nursing the new babe. loved it, even found myself with a new girly crush for Duchoveny. i'm looking forward to wherever season 2 goes, but i'll have to wait as i don't have showtime either.

OOOOh, and Dexter!!! Can't wait!!

teeni said...

I haven't seen this or Dexter. I guess I'd like a peek at this one cause you know, Duchovny is cute and all. But I don't need another thing to get addicted to! Curse you! I must resist! ;)

B.E. Earl said...

I should give it a try.

Maybe this weekend.

badgerdaddy said...

Queer as Folk is actually based on the British show of the same name, by Russell T Davies of Dr Who fame.

I'm starting to think all you do is watch TV and walk around looking buff.

By the way, love the note at the top of the comments box - 'Thrill me'. Tom Atkins, Night of the Creeps, right?

honeywine said...

I JUST watched it for the first time last night. Directv has been playing the first season on Ch. 101 for a while now, but it plays pretty late at night and they edit out the cussing (which is annoying when the show is full of it). It was interesting though, and I wouldn't mind seeing more of it.

Michelle J said...

Slyde: I love Californication!!! Duchovny rocks in the role!! I am looking forward to Sunday night, but i have such a dilemma. So, Dexter, Californication, Mad Men and True Blood, all on the same night as same times. I am thinking of giving up on True Blood, i'm not at all loving it and it gives me the creeps!!!

What to do...hmmm!!

Michelle

Sunshine said...

Never watched it... not sure why? or where I was... maybe I will give it a try and watch it , just for you!

Sitting in Silence said...

Nope...we dont have this show over here in OZ...well that I know of anyway....

May have to try and look it up but !

Tamara said...

You're going to add MORE channels to feed your TV habit?!

Slyde said...

diva: friz ALSO now has a girly crush on duchoveny.. i think i might too..

earl: yes, you should.

badger: 2 points to you for guessing where the quote came from.. one of my fav b-movies from the 80's.. i watch it every time i see it on the Monster Channel

honey: i'm not sure what you could get out of that show with the cussing and nudity removed... definitly not the full experience..

Slyde said...

michele: tell me about it. ive got amazing race and dexter both on at the same time. thank god ive got 2 tivos!

sunshine: you'd BETTER do it just for me!

sitting: you definitly should... try Itunes!

tamara: regrettibly, yes. i ordered showtime last night. i feel so dirty :(

Gwen said...

Hi! I saw you stopped by my place and came to check things out over here - very nice.

When I ran out of episode of Weeds on DVD, I picked up Californication. I like it.

lotus07 said...

Now maybe my 50+ year old brain is loosing it right now, but wasn't there a film titled "Californication" that starred Duchuvny and Brad Pitt back in the 80s. Also had Julianne Moore I believe, about a road trip to California involving serial killers? This has me very confused, but then again, it is Monday.

Slyde said...

gwen: thanks! i like your place too! i plan on checking out weeds next.

Lotus: close, but no cigar. The movie you are thinking of is Kalifornia. and it wasnt julianne moore (who i lust after), it was juliette lewis (who i generally loathe)

Heff said...

I haven't seen it, but I DID watch Dream On back in the day. It was one of my favs.

Slyde said...

heff: if you liked Dream On, then you sir, are one of the chosen ones...

2abes said...

got to watch Dexter....nicest serial killer in the world

Slyde said...

2abes: he IS a peach, isnt he?